FallFest and Fiber Arts Fair

October 1, 2016

Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Included in general museum admission

Click here to get your museum tickets now for FallFest!

Put this on the calendar, and make plans for an awesome Adirondack autumn day, when you can all "fall" into fun (or a giant leaf pile) together!

Fun for the whole family includes hay rides; pony rides; live music performances, pumpkin painting, apple pressing and cider samples, fall crafts, giant leaf piles from the museum's big back yard for raking and jumping, and much more!

Around the campus you can also experience the homey fall warmth of fabulous fiber-arts demonstrations, including wool spinning and counted cross-stitching; see displays of amazing fiber art, including soft sculptures, quilts, and more; join in a big knit-in; and browse the woolens, quilts, scarves, pet accessories, and other items for sale by local artisans.

Check out what happened at FallFest in 2015, and check back soon to see the line up for our 2016 festival!


Chris Shaw
11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
Main Campus
Songs and stories of the Adirondacks

Seth & the Moody Melix
12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.
Main Campus
Fun family music from the Adirondack region!


Pumpkin Painting
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (or as long as supplies last)
Main Campus
Paint a pumpkin to take home! A small donation of $1 per pumpkin is much appreciated.

Fall Crafts
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (or as long as supplies last)
Main Campus
Try your hand at some Autumn-themed creativity!

Cider Pressing and Cider Samples
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (or as long as supplies last)
Main Campus
Turn the crank on a hand press and find out how people have been making delicious cider in the Adirondacks for centuries! Take a taste of cider samples from Rulfs Orchard in Peru, N.Y.

Giant Leaf Pile - Jump into Joy
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Main Campus
We have a REALLY big back yard and have raked up a giant mountain of orange, red, yellow, and purple leaves that is perfect for jumping and photo-snapping. Jump into joy with this favorite fall past-time!

Hidden Horse Scavenger Hunt
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Roads and Rails Exhibition
Explore Roads and Rails while searching for secretly hidden horses. Show your completed scavenger hunt to the staff member at the private car Oriental and select a small prize!

Fall Crafts in the One Room Schoolhouse
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Reising One Room School House
Create a fall craft to bring home with you!

Multimedia Art
3:00 p.m.
A Peopled Wilderness exhibition
Create your own piece of multi-media art.

Wagon Rides and Pony Rides with Circle B Ranch
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Main Campus
Visitors of all ages can climb aboard a rustic wagon, take a seat on a hay bale, and enjoy a leisurely ride around the museum's grounds. Young children (ages 10 and under) can enjoy a pony ride on center campus.

Molly's Retirement Party
3:00 p.m.
Roads and Rails
She's been a jolly good Molly! Molly the horse (from our Roads and Rails building) is retiring! Celebrate her 46 years at the museum with cake and lemonade.


Knit-in and Demonstrations Hosted by Aaron Bush and Jane MackIntosh
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Visitor's Center
Bring your needles and yarn and join our annual knit-in! Stop by and knit a bit with fellow knitters or bring an unfinished project you need help with. Demonstrator Aaron Bush writes on the Fiber Arts blog for the Albany Times Union.

Woodburning with Vicki Virgil
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Main Campus
Observe Vicki's woodburning techniques as she creates works of art and discusses her method and materials!

Valley Forge Blacksmithing Demonstration
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Main Campus
Experience the tradition of blacksmithing and see metal artwork come to life!

Fluffy Friends with Valley Forges Rabbitry
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Main Campus
Meet the fluffiest of bunnies with Valley Forges Rabbitry.

Basket Making with Christine LaRoque
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Marion River Carry Pavilion
Learn the intricacies of basket making with Adirondack artisan Christine LaRoque of Owl's Head Studio (Long Lake, NY).

Mohawk Basket Making with Carrie Hill
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Weaving A Legacy exhibition
Watch as Mohawk basketmaker Carrie Hill creates intricate weaves, shapes, and patterns, and learn from her the significance of traditional Mohawk basketmaking in contemporary Mohawk cultures.

Furry Friends from The Utica Zoo
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Main Campus
Meet some furry friends here all the way from the Utica Zoo! Which critters will the zoomobile bring? You'll just have to come to Fall Fest to find out!

Northern Needles
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Roads & Rails Exhibition
Discover all the different types of needlework practices throughout the Park with "Northern Needles," a sewing group from Long Lake, N.Y. The group works together to create a range of projects, from traditional to contemporary: creative wall hangings, quilted clothing, knitted items, and fabric arts.

Wool Arts with Serendipity Spinners
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Mark W. Potter Education Center
The Serendipity Spinners - a "loosely knit" group of women who have been spinning together for many years - will demonstrate the various aspects of wool processing.

Guideboat Building with Allison Warner
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Boats and Boating Exhibition
See an Adirondack guideboat take shape and talk with our boatbuilder-in-residence.


10:00 a.m. - 4:00 pm
Main Campus and Marion River Carry Pavilion

North Country Kettle Corn (Tupper Lake, N.Y.)
Snack on something sweet as you wander through fall festivities!

Corky's Originals (Cranberry Lake, N.Y.)
beaded jewelry and other beaded objects

Mountain Ink (North Creek, N.Y.)
screen-printing and embroidery

Heirlooms (Harrisville, N.Y.)
hats, headbands, scarves, sweaters, handbags and more!

Kim Dolan Designed Jewelry (Albany, N.Y.)
hand-crafted fine silver and natural stone jewelry

A Teaspoon of Silver (Long Lake, N.Y.)
unique sterling silver & up cycled spoon jewelry

High Peaks Hospice - Quilt Raffle (Saranac Lake, N.Y.)
Win a gorgeous hand-made quilt, and help support the High Peaks Hospice

Nottingham Hollow Specialty Foods (Long Lake, N.Y.)
Baked goods, bread, fudge, sweets

Shannon's Beaded Jewelry & Gemstone Creations (Wells, V.T.)
necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and pendants featuring beautiful gem stones

Lanart (Huntersville, N.C.)
quality alpaca products

Saratoga Llamas (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.)
hand spun, llama yarn, roving, hand knit scarves, hats

Pure-N-Simple Soaps (Salem, N.Y.)
handcrafted Goat Milk Soap the old fashioned Way

Ewe'll Love the Wether (Putnam Station, N.Y.)
hand-spun wool products - hats, mittens, headbands, socks and more

Santa's Attic & Mrs. Claus' Kitchen LLC. (Ballston Spa, N.Y.)
herbal spice blends, handcrafted dip and chip bowls

Mountain Weavers (Dorset, V.T.)
fine cotton homespun napery

Shady Acres Homestead (Middletown, N.Y.)
handcrafted organic jams, relishes, chutneys, and more

Walking Sticks & Canes by William Hodge
handcrafted walking sticks and canes